Social Media Hazard
Food pics, flat lay photos, and clean eating posts … they’re all the rage. I enjoy seeing and posting high-quality photographs of food on Instagram – the ones that could be published in a magazine grab my attention.
When it comes to the trendy flat lay images boasting about clean eating or the latest diet rage, things can get concerning. I understand the marketing aspect of sponsored posts, but when celebrities post about the diet that, in its classic form, is 90% fat, 4% carbs, and 6% protein or similar diets, I’m a little concerned.
Did you know that 65% of Instagram users are ages 18-34? (Interestingly, I’m in the 9% of Instagram users in a much higher age group.) That’s a highly impressionable age range.
Orthorexia isn’t necessarily driven by body image issues. It’s about being fixated on what they consider healthy foods (clean eating). It’s like obsessive-compulsive personality types with a borderline eating disorder.
“Common behavior changes that may be signs of orthorexia may include:
- Obsessive concern over the relationship between food choices and health concerns such as asthma, digestive problems, low mood, anxiety or allergies
- Increasing avoidance of foods because of food allergies, without medical advice
- Noticeable increase in consumption of supplements, herbal remedies or probiotics
- Drastic reduction in opinions of acceptable food choices, such that the sufferer may eventually consume fewer than 10 foods
- Irrational concern over food preparation techniques, especially washing of food or sterilization of utensils”
Have you seen any of these signs from people you know?